I know the passionate lover of fine style exposes himself to the hatred of the masses; but no respect for humanity, no false modesty, no conspiracy, no universal sufferage will ever force me to speak the unspeakable jargon of this age, or to confuse ink with virtue.
Belief in progress is a doctrine of idlers and Belgians. It is the individual relying upon his neighbors to do his work.
There cannot be any progress (true progress, that is to say, moral) except within the individual and by the individual himself.
But the world is composed of people of can think only in common, in the herd.
-- Charles Baudelaire
He must be theory-mad beyond redemption who shall still persist in attempting to reconcile the obstinate oils and waters of Poetry and Truth.
-- Edgar Allen Poe
The essence of theory is that it comes afterwards.